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2023 Junior Commission Program

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Knox County Commissioners believe community engagement and civic education is vitally important to a healthy republic and functioning democracy. As such, the Knox County Commission has established an annual “Junior Commission” civics education and youth leadership program where Knox County high school students (juniors or seniors) can become a more engaged and informed citizen by participating in this unique program. Junior Commission participants will learn the functions of their local government and further develop healthy citizenry habits, all while promoting the importance of community engagement and public service.

Junior Commission Class of 2023 Participants Include:

[District 1] – Caroline Scoonover (Junior, West High School)

[District 2] – Gabriela Sánchez Benítez (Junior, Fulton High School)

[District 3] – Dain Shelton (Senior, Hardin Valley Academy)

[District 4]  – Ethan Coffey (Senior, Christian Academy of Knoxville)

[District 5]  – Anand Patel (Junior, Farragut High School)

[District 6]  – McKayla Muse (Senior, HomeLife Academy)

[District 7]  – Lily Hutchison (Senior, Halls High School)

[District 8]  – Madelyn Dyer (Senior, Berean Christian School)

[District 9]  – Emily Child (Junior, South Doyle High School)

[At-Large, Seat 10] – Ella Parker (Junior, Bearden High School)

[At-Large, Seat 11] – Maya Farrar (Junior, Farragut High School)

Junior Commissioners will be participating in the following events:

Monday / January 23, 2023
3:30 – 5:00pm Junior Commissioner Orientation (City/County Building - Small Assembly Room) 
5:00 – 7:00pm Commission Meeting Attendance (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room) 

Monday / February 15, 2023
5:00 – 7:00pm Commission Work Session (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room) 

Tuesday / February 21, 2023
5:00 – 7:00pm Commission Meeting (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room)
7:00 – 9:00pm Zoning Hearing (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room) 

Monday / March 20, 2023
3:30 – 5:00pm Mock Junior Commission Meeting (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room)

 5:00 – 7:00pm Commission Work Session (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room) 

Monday / March 27, 2023
5:00 – 6:00pm Program Graduation w/Recognition at Commission Meeting (City/County Building - Main Assembly Room)
6:00 – 7:00pm Graduation Dinner w/Families (City/County Building - Small Assembly Room) 

* January – March * 
Each Junior Commissioner must attend one (1) community event activity with their Commissioner during the duration of the program. (date/time/location TBD)

For additional questions, please contact the County Commission Office at or (865) 215-2534.